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June 30, 2018

Best Books for SBI PO 2018 Main Exam Preparation

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India's largest bank, State Bank of India (SBI) has released recruitment notification for the posts of Probationary Officers for the year 2018. There are 2000 posts in total. In banking sector, SBI PO recruitment is considered to be most attractive and toughest recruitment (when compared to IBPS and other banking exams). As we have around 3 months time, with proper planning and hard-work, you can easily achieve your dream job. Here we are giving you the list of important books for SBI PO 2018 preparation. This list has been prepared by Sunaina Mondal, Assistant Manager (Scale-I) at State Bank of India (Selected in SBI PO 2016) and Aparna Pasupuleti. We are also giving the links to buy these books online so that you can buy the latest editions in lesser price.

Why to go for Standard Books instead of All in Ones ?
There are a number of books for banking exams available in market. The problem with these books is, they only change the cover title according to the exam. The content will be same for almost all banking exams (either it may be IBPS RRB, SBI PO or SBI Clerks). Working with these books wont be suffice for PO level exam, that too for the toughest exams like SBI PO. So if you can afford, always go for standard books instead of All in One remixes or just work with Previous Papers. 

Important Books for SBI PO 2018

Quantitative Aptitude / Data Analysis & Interpretation :

  • How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma
    • Reason for buying this Book : Bit expensive book but worth the price. Useful for beginners as well as the people who want to practice DI problems of higher difficulty level. 
  • Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency by Ananta Ashisha 
    • Reason for buying this Book : Cheap and useful book for practice purposes. The drawback of this book is it's complicated and lengthy solutions. If you already have a good idea on concepts and want to brush up topics, then buy this book. 
    • Link to buy this book  : Click HERE to buy this book
  • Quantitative Aptitude Quantum Cat 2018
    • Reason for buying this Book : Good book for PO level exams. Each topic explained in detailed manner along with examples and shortcuts. The best part of this book is the questions arranged based on difficult level, like Easy, Medium and Hard. So useful for your preparation.  
    • Link to buy this book  : Click HERE to buy this book
  • Magical Book on Quicker Maths by M Tyra 
    • Reason for buying this Book : This book is helpful to learn new short tricks if you are preparing your self )
    • Link to buy this book : Click HERE to buy this book
  • Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations by RS Aggrawal
    • Reason for buying this book : This has been a standard book for quantitative aptitude from many years. This book consists of a number of practice problems with detailed explanations. The problem with this book is, this book follows traditional approach and it doesn't focus on shortcut methods. Still I highly recommend this book for clearing basics of each topic.
    • Link to buy this book : Click HERE to buy this book
  • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma (Arihant) Latest Edition 2018
    • Reason for buying this Book : This Book also consists lots of shortcut techniques for each topic, but you can't start your preparation with this book because the intro parts of the topics are not good. So you should buy this book after clearing the basic concepts.
    • Link to buy this book : Click HERE to buy this book 

Books for Reasoning Ability

  • Test of Reasoning for All Competitive Examinations by Edgar Thorpe Edition 2017
    • Reason for buying this Book : Useful book for beginners with detailed explanations. But very less questions for practice. 
    • Link to buy this book : Click HERE to buy this book
  • RS Aggarwal’s Modern Approach to verbal and non-verbal reasoning (S.Chand Publication)
    • Reason for buying this Book : With over 1600+ pages, this book almost covers every important topic of Reasoning section with lots of examples. The only drawback of this book is, the 'Syllogism' topic is not included in this book. 
    • Link to buy this book : Click HERE to buy this book
  • Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey (BSC publication) 
    • Reason for buying this Book : Good book for analytical reasoning with detailed explanations and number of practice questions. 
    • Link to buy this book : Click HERE to buy this book

Books for English Language

  • High School English Grammar & Composition by Wren & Martin 
    • Reason for buying this Book :  Explain everything from basics. All topics are explained with good number of examples for practicing. This book has very good number of exercises too, but please note that you have to buy the KEY for the exercises given in this book separately (check the link below). 
    • Link to buy this book : Click HERE to buy this book 
    • Link to buy the Key Click HERE to buy the key 
  • Objective General English by SP Bakshi (Arihant Publication)
    • Reason for buying this Book : Good book with all the concepts fully covered. But not useful for beginners. If you are good at basics, then this book is useful for brushing your knowledge. 
    • Link to buy this book : Click HERE to buy this book 
  • Word power made easy written by Norman Lewis
    • Reason for buying this Book :This book really helps you in improving your vocabulary. If you feel you don't have enough time to read this book, then simply go with the Daily Hindu Vocabulary series published by Gr8AmbitionZ. This will be enough for SBI PO exam point of view. 
    • Link to buy this book : Click HERE to buy this book

Books for General Economy / Banking Awareness

For Standard GK
  • Lucent's General Knowledge (latest edition)
  • Manorama Yearbook 2018
    • Reason for buying this Book : Good book for a quick review of the current affairs and updated standard GK of the year 2017. Has some good info about GST and State wise GK in simple English. The only problem with this book is it has more than enough information which is not required for Bank PO level exam. 
    • Link to buy this book : Click HERE to buy this book
For Standard Banking Awareness
  • Banking Awareness (by Arihant) 
    • Reason for buying this Book : Covers standard banking awareness topics. But keep in mind, you can't completely rely on this book because most of the questions comes from the recent banking updates. For which Gr8AmbitionZ materials and monthly pdf files are more than enough. 
    • Link to buy this book : Click HERE to buy this book
Note : There is no compulsion to buy new books. If you have any good sources, you can refer to older versions too (except GK and Banking Awareness Books). But if you can afford then go for the latest revised versions, which obviously contain more exam accurate with less mistakes. Also check for the date of printing if you are ordering online. Return it immediately if you receive editions prior to 2015. All the Best :)



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